Dawn breaks @ Sekeping Serendah


The fresh and cool morning breeze whispering in from the open patio woke me up the next morning. I opened my eyes and saw the girls still sleeping. The patter of rain can be heard and I looked outside. It was drizzling and the cloudy day makes it ideal for sleeping in. I closed my eyes and went back to sleep. I love the smell of the forest after it rains.


I was awakened from my slumber by Windy getting up. I’m a very light sleeper and tend to rise at the slightest provocation. Hmm…that didn’t sound quite right coming out, but you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰ Joyce was still sleeping so we went to the patio and chilled out there. It was still drizzling and the weather was melancholic in a good way. It’s perfect for sitting with a blanket wrapped around you and just relax.


The caretaker came at 8 am with our breakfast. I asked for three packets of nasi lemak. He wouldn’t accept payment – the food came courtesy of Christina. Thanks Christina! The nasi lemak tastes a lot better than it ordinarily would, thanks to the forest surrounding us and the cool drizzle that’s still going on. It was decided that we’ll wait until the rain stops before going exploring.


I read a book I bought the night before. I’ve always enjoyed reading on rainy days – a habit I picked up when I was a kid. The rain didn’t stop until after noon but it was fun to just chill at the patio. We checked out at 2:30 pm and decided to head up to the Serendah waterfall.

waterfall montage

The other attraction in Serendah is the impressive waterfall located just 5 minutes away from Sekeping Serendah retreat. It’s a public park so you’ll see the usual suspects there – locals washing their clothes, out of town people having BBQ, foreign workers in large groups on their day off. Melting pot anyone?

serendah waterfall

Serendah Falls is really a sight to behold. It’s not very tall, probably about 10 meters or so, but the sheer volume and force of water coming down the waterfall is amazing! The roar of the falls can be heard quite audibly even from the side of the natural plunge pools.


Sekeping Serendah retreat is a gem of a place – it’s peaceful and quiet, with basic sheds for accommodations and no distractions. You won’t find TVs, WiFi or even cell phone reception here…but if your idea of a relaxing retreat is some peace and quiet from the stress of the big city, head down to Sekeping Serendah.

A sliver of peace lies just an hour’s drive away. πŸ™‚

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